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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rooney doubtful against Milan

Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with AC Milan after the striker was forced to sit out United’s win at Wolves.

Rooney missed United's 1-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers with a knee injury which he aggravated playing the full 90 minutes for England against Egypt mid-week.

"Rooney is very doubtful for the Milan game unfortunately," Ferguson told MUTV. "It's one of these bad bits of luck you get -- the Wembley pitch has just killed him."

Rooney started the Carling cup final against Aston Villa on the bench as precaution for the clash against AC Milan. But a hamstring injury to Owen prompted him to come to action. He also played full 90 minutes against Egypt for his international duty. So a back to back wembly action caused him the price.

Ferguson had criticised his leading striker for playing from start to finish in friendly against Egypt.

"It is his own enthusiasm that has caused it. His problem is that he can't say no," He said.

Now Fergie is preparing to start with Berbatov against AC Milan.

"I was pleased with how [Dimitar] Berbatov did against Wolves though and I’ll probably start with him on Wednesday.”

Rooney injury is a big blow for United as they are already without Micheal Owen, Anderson, Ryan Giggs and John O'Shea.

But there is also good news. “We’re not far away from having Owen Hargreaves back and Macheda has now started training,” confirmed Sir Alex. “That’s a bonus because he can score a goal which could be important without Michael Owen for the rest of the season.”

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